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Castleford 52-16 Leigh: Tigers maul Centurions on return to the Jungle



Castleford Tigers score nine tries on their return to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle; Derrell Opherts scores two of Castleford’s nine tries; Leigh Centurions remain winless in this season’s Super League

Last Updated: 16/04/21 9:06pm

Derrell Olpherts scored two tries for Castleford

Castleford Tigers turned on the style on their long-awaited return to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle with a nine-try show to sink struggling Leigh Centurions and extend their 100 per cent start to the new Super League season.

Playing in their home stadium for the first time since October, Daryl Powell’s men were merciless with Derrell Olpherts crossing twice and Paul McShane kicking six conversions in an emphatic 52-16 success.

Three late consolation tries, including from former Tigers duo Jordan Thompson and Ben Reynolds, will come as little solace to Leigh head coach John Duffy, whose evolving side showed few signs of reversing their still-winless start to the new campaign.

Any lingering notion that Cas’s Golden Point Challenge Cup win over Hull KR last week might have sapped their strength was swiftly dispatched by prop Liam Watts, who barged through the middle in the fourth minute, shrugging off Leigh full-back Ryan Brierley to open the scoring.

The hosts’ energy levels would prove unrelenting, Daniel Smith forcing his way over at the foot of the post prior to the last of Gareth O’Brien’s two conversions, and Olpherts diving over on the right, with McShane making it 18-0 before the half-hour mark.

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McShane sent Greg Eden over on the short side as Cas extended their lead to 24-0, Niall Evalds crossed after Grant Millington’s unselfish offload, and Cas rounded off the first half with the best of the lot, Michael Shenton finishing off a flashy move on the left before McShane’s third conversion made it 34-0 at the break.

Still feeling their way in the top flight, Duffy had handed former St Helens centre Josh Simm his debut after signing a short-term deal, and would also introduce James Bell and Nathan Peats for their respective debuts.

They were given scant chance to make an impression though, as Cas continued where they left off after the break with Jordan Turner crossing for try number seven, again converted by McShane.

Leigh at least avoided the whitewash when Thompson bundled over on the right, and might have hoped for more after Cas were reduced to 12 men when Jesse Sene-Lefao was sin-binned for a late tackle.

Far from taking advantage, Leigh were instead caught out and Eden’s clever quick tap sent the impressive Olpherts galloping over under the posts to make it 44-4.

McShane kicked the simplest of conversions and repeated the feat after Jake Trueman brought up the 50-point mark as Powell’s men showed no sign of dipping their impressive energy levels.

Reynolds and Brierley scored further consolation tries for Leigh late on, both converted by Reynolds, but they could not disguise the evident issues confronting Duffy’s men over the months ahead.

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Stanford football’s first early enrollees a success so far | SportsPac12



By Jackson Moore, Cardinal 247: This spring is the first time Stanford has allowed early enrollments into the football program. Based on the early progress of the Cardinal’s first two early recruits, head coach David Shaw voiced his favor of bringing in more early additions in future classes.

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Stanford’s first early enrollees a success so far

This spring is the first time Stanford has allowed early enrollments into the football program. So far, so good says head coach David Shaw.

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Followers of my writing know I work with a group called Following Football, which uses a simple method to rate teams in a wide range of sports – all football-adjacent such as Aussie Rules, American football, rugby and the like – and use those ratings to forecast game outcomes. (more…)

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Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, brother of Sam Ehlinger, found dead



Texas football player Jake Ehlinger was found dead on Thursday by the Austin Police.

Devastating news for the Texas football program, as linebacker Jake Ehlinger was found dead by the Austin Police on Thursday afternoon.

The Austin Police Department received a call on the matter at 12:18 p.m CT. While they did not reveal how they found him, authorities have said his death is not considered suspicious. Ehlinger was the younger brother of Texas football star quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts over the weekend after a stellar career in Austin. What an absolute tragedy.

Our hearts go out to the Ehlinger Family and Longhorn Nation in this time of need.

Texas football: Linebacker Jake Ehlinger has passed away

While this was supposed to be Ehlinger’s third year with the Texas football program, he had yet to appear in a game for the Longhorns. He was entering his redshirt sophomore season as a former two-star recruit out of nearby Westlake High School. With his brother now in the NFL, the younger Ehlinger was slated to finally make his name on the Longhorns football. This is so heartbreaking.

2021 is the first year Steve Sarkisian has taken over the Texas program after having reinvented himself as an offensive coordinator with the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Atlanta Falcons before that. While he has a ton of work ahead of him in his first year on the job, this is the hardest thing he and his team will have to overcome this offseason. Ehlinger was entering the prime of his life.

May the Ehlinger and Texas football families find peace after this incredibly tragic loss.

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